Technology Economics and Policy

The RTI Technology Economics and Policy program provides independent, interdisciplinary assessments of the economic contributions of technology programs to society's economic, public health, and environmental welfare. Our technology economists and policy analysts apply microeconomics to evaluate the impact new technologies have on industry and society. We provide rigorous technical and cost comparisons of alternative technologies, conduct decision (technology choice) analyses that reflect the influence of market barriers and public policies, and estimate the benefits and costs of technology R&D and technology-based programs.


Focus Areas

  • Interface between public and private technology issues
  • Fundamental R&D and commercialization studies
  • Investment decision support
  • Environmental impact research
  • Manufacturing, health, construction, energy, and information technology industries


  • Maryland Technology Development Corporation
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • National Science Foundation
  • National Telecommunications and Information Administration
  • North Carolina State University Industrial Extensions Service
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


Michael P. Gallaher
Director, Technology, Energy, and the Environment
Brent R. Rowe
Senior Economist
Brooks Depro
Program Manager and Senior Economist
Robert H. Beach
RTI Fellow, Agricultural, Resource & Energy Economics and Policy Program